In just under two hundred and seventy words, Lincoln managed to do what most orators only dream of. He embodied the great American spirit of nationalism coupled with the country immense sacrifice and loss due to war - expressing in words what many American citizens simply did not know how to. Speeches, like the Gettysburg Address, differ very little from other forms of writing and use the same literary devices found in fiction.
Word choice is extremely important in all types of writing. Lincoln word choice in the Gettysburg Address allows his speech to be both emotional and accessible to his audience. Many of the words are only one syllable, and the entire speech is lain talk.Lincoln writes ow we are engaged in a great civil war We are met on a great battlefield of war,and continues ut it can never forget what they did here. Lincoln is careful to write and speak in such a way that makes his audience feel comfortable. He is not speaking to a room full of scholars but to the mothers, wives, and families of men who gave their lives in war. Lincoln makes sure his word choice will be understood by those who are listening. Peter Blanck, a Civil War Historian, asserts "Not only the Battle of Gettysburg, but the whole Civil War, means to us today what Lincoln said it must mean at that dark time of mourning for the dead.